WB on the Apple TV

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WB on the Apple TV

 

Time Warner dropped a digital media bombshell when it announced that pay-per-view systems and digital rentals of it's films would be available the same day as the films DVD hits stores. The new policy starts immediately.

 

Previously, consumers had to wait a few weeks from the date of the DVD release to watch a film through pay-per-view or iTunes rentals. If only some other studios would wake up to the future. We're looking at you Universal.

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You know what I'm going to miss most when it comes to digital copies instead of hard copies of both music and films? It's the cover art design. It was bad enough when it moved from those big, black plastic discs (I think they're called records?) to CDs, but at least as time went on, graphic designers got used to the format and some really terrific designs and packaging came along. Though DVDs have almost always been better than VHS packages (of course there are exceptions) DVDs never really universally got it, but at least they tried. And every now and then there were some really great designs. It just seems a shame to me that pretty soon, we'll never have a hard copy professionally designed package for music and movies anymore. The closest we'll come is some link to a website, which will be neat enough, but honestly, there's a huge difference between that and holding something in your hand that requires your tactile senses. It's going to be a lost art.

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Yeah.... but do we really have to sustain old artforms, rather than just enjoy them as extinct artforms. I mean how often do you trek off to the mountains, and go spelunking, just so that you can make charcoal drawings of antelope, bison, and stick men with bows and arrows in a cave somewhere.

I'd agree it's destined to become a lost artform in its present method of delivery, but do we really need to continue it, or is it enough to mass produce it digitally so that you can share it in a classroom on a screen, or make a print when you want a print. And perhaps those old record stores with vinyl will become museums of album art where we go to enjoy John and Yoko, Two Virgins, the Beatles, Abbey Road, Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers, the famous "white album," the list goes on.

Digital music and movies won't do away with the need to advertise the media, and posters and graphics will be as creative for future promotions, as past. We'll just view them in a different way. And there will always be collectors of an art form for each representative state of change.

You might even take an idea from Bill Gates' home, and have personally programed art in the hallway, that changes to your favorite nostalgic album covers as you walk down the hall from the dining room to your bedroom, or your home office. We will still enjoy the past, as we move into the future, just in a different way.

Just a thought, just a thought.

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Anonymous

My thing is that it looses the tactile feel that comes with holding them. Yeah, you can print it out, but very few of us have printers or cutters that will do the dye cut, or other more complicated printing processes. So you'd be left with a poor representation of what was originally intended.

And yeah, there will always be a need to advertise, and I think it will totally happen along the lines you describe. And it'll be awesome, but it'll loose a bit of it's uniqueness, IMHO.

We have digital painting programs, but that doesn't keep us from picking up a brush and oils and canvas and painting away. That may be a bit simplistic, but I think it fits.

Anyway, I agree over all, but I'm still gonna miss it.

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Universal seems too busy insulting its customer bas (calling us thieves for owning iPods) and trying to exact blackmail from technology companies to be concerned with changes in the market.

But their CEO will blame someone besides himself when there sales drop more over the coming months...

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